Cefalù is one of the most popular seaside resorts of the Tyrrhenian coast, included in the most beautiful towns in Italy and is part of the Madonie National Park. In the IV Century BC the Greeks called it ‘Kefaloidion’ or head cape. Its name first appears in history at the time of the Carthaginian expedition under Himilco, 396 BC, when that general concluded a treaty with the Himeraeans and the inhabitants of Cephaloedium. In the First Punic War it was reduced by the Roman fleet under Atilius Calatinus and Scipio Nasica, 254 BC, but by treachery and not by force of arms. Cicero speaks of it as apparently a flourishing town, enjoying full municipal privileges.
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Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) the famous Chilean poet and communist, is exiled to a small island in Sicily for political reasons. His wife accompanies him. On the island, local Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) is dissatisfied with being a fisherman like his father. Mario looks for other work and is hired as a temporary postman with Neruda as his only customer. To get the job, he must declare himself a communist to keep the postmaster happy. He uses his bicycle to hand deliver Neruda’s mail. Though poorly educated, the postman eventually befriends Neruda and becomes further influenced by Neruda’s political views and poetry.
Meanwhile, Mario falls in love with a beautiful young lady, Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) , who works in her aunt’s village cafe. He is shy with her, but he enlists Neruda’s help.